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Texas DPS border inspections remove 1,000 unsafe commercial trucks and 84 drivers from US roads

Soldiers from the Texas Department of Public Safety conducting commercial vehicle safety inspections at ports of entry prevented nearly 1,000 trucks with “serious safety violations” from entering the state. The increased inspections are being carried out on the orders of Governor Greg Abbott as part of a response to the growing border crisis.

Troopers removed nearly 25% of the 4,133 utility vehicles inspected in the first six days following the highway governor’s announcement for “serious safety violations,” according to a statement provided by DPS officials. Soldiers took 973 utility vehicles out of service following inspections. These safety violations included faulty brakes, faulty tires and faulty lighting. Soldiers also took 84 drivers out of service for violating state or federal regulations.

Commercial trucks back up along the International Bridge at Eagle Pass, Texas, awaiting inspection by DPS soldiers. (Randy Clark/Breitbart Texas)

A Wednesday morning statement from White House press secretary Jen Psaki pushed back on Governor Abbott’s April 6 inspection program, Breitbart News reported. She called the inspections “unnecessary and redundant”.

CBP officials also released a statement calling the Texas inspections “unnecessary.”

“These unnecessary inspections occur when vehicles leave US ports of entry in the El Paso and Laredo operating areas after being inspected and cleared to enter the United States by CBP,” the statement said.

DPS officials told Breitbart Texas that those statements were not correct. DPS soldiers only inspect vehicles that have not been inspected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Department of Transportation authorities during the border crossing process.

“If they have been inspected by either agency, we let them go,” the official noted. Inspections last approximately 45 minutes to an hour.

DPS soldiers observed a total of 13,651 violations between April 6 and April 12 on vehicles exiting entry points.

“The Texas Department of Public Safety is committed to upholding safety standards and one of our primary duties is to ensure Texas roads are safe for all Texans and visitors to our great state. For security reasons, the department does not discuss operational specifics.

About 21% of fatal crashes on Texas highways involve commercial vehicles, the official said.

DPS officials admit that they found no drugs or human shipments during these inspections. However, DPS soldiers and U.S. Border Patrol agents frequently find illegal drugs and human trafficking shipments at traffic stops and immigration checkpoints, as Breitbart regularly reports. Many of them are in trucks whose customs seals are still intact.

In a video tweeted by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, candidate claims DPS soldiers are “unable to actually look at cargo to see if there is any illegal drug or human trafficking Besides”.

DPS officials say statements like this are not correct. Soldiers regularly inspect the interior of trailers to ensure proper safety precautions are being followed. The official said soldiers would likely find humans smuggled into the trailers unless they were sealed inside cargo containers. The soldiers inspect the trailer for contraband.

Bob Price is associate editor and main contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What are you getting at? Sunday morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Confrontbook.


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